Write a letter to a legislator (House of Representatives or Senator) on a public health topic. Topic: Racial and Ethnic Disparities
Re: Advocacy for Ending Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Healthcare Sector
Technological advancements in the healthcare sector have provided Americans with the potential to healthier lives and longer. Nonetheless, persistent health disparities between different ethnic and racial groups have led to equal access to high-quality healthcare remaining elusive in the United States. Social conditions drive the differences in health outcomes experienced in the U.S. As such, the U.S. incurs huge losses due to premature deaths caused by health disparities. For example, the Joint Center for Political and Economic studies discovered that the U.S. incurred a cost of $1.24 trillion between 2003 and 2006 due to healthcare disparities. Healthcare inequality affects minority communities more than whites.